The UCLan Vice-Chancellor launched a debate this week regarding the devolution of Cumbria at the Northern Powerhouse Partnership conference.
The event, which took place on Wednesday 27 November, saw UCLan’s Vice-Chancellor Professor Graham Baldwin open proceedings by welcoming guests to the campus and explaining how UCLan is already playing a major role in the future development of West Cumbria’s skills agenda.
“UCLan has a long history of working in partnership with employers to understand their skills needs and develop bespoke educational programmes,” he explained.
“As the largest provider of degree apprenticeships within the North West our mission is to create the work-ready graduates required to boost the economy at a regional and national level.
“For example, here at our Westlakes Campus we are playing a major role in helping to produce the next generation of West Cumbria’s clinical workforce by training and developing leading-edge doctors, medical students and physician associates.”
Echoing Professor Baldwin’s sentiments, Henri Murison, Director of the Northern Powerhouse, added: “I believe Cumbria has huge economic potential because of its economic assets in nuclear, wider energy and advanced manufacturing, including defence and much wider strength in small and medium sized enterprises”